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BepiColombo's beginning ends

ESA Top News - Mon, 22/10/2018 - 11:40

A stunning early morning launch lifted the ESA/JAXA BepiColombo spacecraft into space on Saturday, 20 October. This marked the start of intensive, round-the-clock flight control activities to ensure the mission’s health and functioning in the harsh environment of space.

Space selfies

ESA Top News - Mon, 22/10/2018 - 09:55

Space Science Image of the Week: BepiColombo’s solar arrays and antennas are captured in the spacecraft’s first images from space

Zooming in on Mexico’s landscape

ESA Top News - Mon, 22/10/2018 - 08:00

As part of a scientific collaboration with the Mexican Space Agency and other Mexican scientific public entities, ESA has combined images from the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission to produce a detailed view of the different types of vegetation growing across the entire country.

M16: In and Around the Eagle Nebula

APOD - Sun, 21/10/2018 - 10:00

From afar, the whole thing looks like an From afar, the whole thing looks like an


Space selfie

ESA Top News - Sat, 20/10/2018 - 18:46

BepiColombo takes a snapshot of one of its deployed solar wings

BepiColombo highlights

ESA Top News - Sat, 20/10/2018 - 10:10

From spacecraft preparations through to liftoff from Europe’s Spaceport, watch highlights of the BepiColombo launch

Orion in Red and Blue

APOD - Sat, 20/10/2018 - 08:00

When did Orion become so flashy? When did Orion become so flashy?


Launch replay

ESA Top News - Sat, 20/10/2018 - 02:55

Watch BepiColombo lift off into space, with launch build-up and commentary from mission experts

BepiColombo blasts off to investigate Mercury’s mysteries

ESA Top News - Sat, 20/10/2018 - 02:36

The ESA-JAXA BepiColombo mission to Mercury blasted off on an Ariane 5 from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou at 01:45:28 GMT on 20 October on its exciting mission to study the mysteries of the Solar System’s innermost planet.

Liftoff replay

ESA Top News - Sat, 20/10/2018 - 02:05

Watch BepiColombo launch from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, on an Ariane 5 rocket

Liftoff!

ESA Top News - Sat, 20/10/2018 - 01:50

BepiColombo lifted off from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, on an Ariane 5 rocket at 01:45 GMT

Final countdown

ESA Top News - Fri, 19/10/2018 - 15:45

BepiColombo at the launch pad ahead of its scheduled liftoff to Mercury at 01:45 GMT on Saturday

Minerals of the world, unite!

ESA Top News - Fri, 19/10/2018 - 12:37

Imagine you are on Mars and you stumble upon an interesting rock. The colours, the shape of the crystals and the place where you find it all tell you: there is more to it than meets the eye. Tool in hand, you analyse how light scatters through it. Seconds later you read the following description on the screen:

Skygazers on the Beach

APOD - Fri, 19/10/2018 - 06:00

Kona, a young boxer, is a dog who loves splashing in the waves Kona, a young boxer, is a dog who loves splashing in the waves


The Falcon 9 Nebula

APOD - Thu, 18/10/2018 - 17:00

Not the Not the


Ready for countdown

ESA Top News - Thu, 18/10/2018 - 15:20

Operations image of the week: After years of planning and countless hours of simulations, teams at ESA’s mission control are ready to take flight on the long and complex journey to Mercury

Mission control ready for Mercury

ESA Top News - Wed, 17/10/2018 - 15:30

Teams responsible for flying the bold BepiColombo mission to Mercury today completed the last major step in preparation for Saturday’s liftoff — the final pre-launch ‘dress rehearsal’ at ESA’s ESOC control centre in Darmstadt, Germany.

West Coast Launch and Landing

APOD - Wed, 17/10/2018 - 15:00

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket


3D printing, up, up & away

ESA Top News - Wed, 17/10/2018 - 12:00

Technology image of the week: ESA’s award-winning aerospace-quality-plastic 3D printer, designed for use in weightless space

Installing life support the hands-free way

ESA Top News - Wed, 17/10/2018 - 09:31

Last week saw the installation of ESA’s next-generation life-support system on the International Space Station. The new facility recycles carbon dioxide in the air into water that can then be converted into oxygen reducing supplies sent from Earth by half.

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